April is Stress Awareness Month and we'll be sharing news and views on this topic throughout the month.
Massage is a proven way to destress and the science supports this, as these research studies show:
- Massage is better at reducing anxiety than any other treatment studied (Crawford et al meta analysis 2016)
- Massage benefits may include improvements in body image esteem, pain management and the therapeutic value of touch and it could play a preventative role in a decline in emotional wellbeing (Munk and Zanjani 2011)
- Research indicates that massage therapy has a positive impact on emotional wellbeing, in both healthy adults and those with mental health conditions (MTI Research Group 2017)
- Massage therapy may promote a parasympathetic response by reducing blood pressure, heart rate and feelings of anxiety (C.A. Moyer, James Rounds and James W. Hannum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Psychological Bulletin, 2004 Vol 130)
MTI chair Earle Abrahamson has a new book arriving on shelves this Autumn, written in partnership with his Learn Anatomy co-founder Jane Langston.
Muscle Testing: A Concise Manual will be released by Handspring Publishing later this year.
Muscle testing is a vital part of any bodyworker's treatment toolkit. This book provides a handy reference guide on common muscle tests, together with a concise overview of each muscle's attachments to bone and fascia, its actions and some clinical hints and tips.
MTI graduate Ruth Bell, working with the School of Massage Me, is offering a tailored advanced massage course in the French Alps this summer.
The bespoke course has been created by therapists, for therapists and covers a great deal of ground in a short space of time. Highly practical, the course is preparation for anyone who wants to massage in the summer or winter seasons in the Alps, and focuses on working with mountain bikers, skiers and spa clients. Or, it is a career-advancing retreat, where trained massage therapists can boost their skills in a beautiful location.
It takes place from 8-12 July in Peisey Vallandry, France.
Our chairperson Earle Abrahamson will once again be a judge at the National Massage Championships.
This year the event takes place from 29-30 September at the Olympia Beauty show in London.
It's just under 3 months until we gather for our 2019 annual conference at Armada House in Bristol on Saturday 11 May. The theme this year is Sustaining a Happy, Healthy Career in Massage, and we have a raft of workshops to help our delegates do just that.
We've got workshops on different ways to practise massage, from womb and fertility massage to working in hospitals and hospices, and ways to diversify a career, such as going into teaching.
We've got the business and personal development side covered with workshops on marketing, keeping clear boundaries and confidence, and ways to prolong a career such as Hands Free massage and supervision as self-care.